This app detects intimate photos using CoreML and locks them away safely

October 16, 2017
Nude for iOS keeps all your risky photos safely stowed away so you don’t have to worry about them falling into the wrong hands.

The new app, first reported on by Casey Newton over at The Verge, was created by UC Berkley entrepreneurs Jessica Chiu and Y.C. Chen and was a result of conversations Chiu had with both Hollywood actresses and friends alike:

Each had sensitive images on their phones or laptop, she said, and expressed doubts about how to keep them secure. When Chiu returned to Berkeley, friends would pass her their phones to look at recent photos they had taken, and she would inevitably swipe too far and see nudity.

In order to solve this issue, Chiu, Chen, and their small team created the most sophisticated and intelligent photo vault app on the market at the moment: Nude. Unlike other vault apps, Nude actually scans your camera roll for sensitive content automatically. Once it finds a photo it detects to be NSFW, it moves it into the app and locks it away in a PIN-pr…

How to try out Linux on an aging Mac

October 16, 2017
Want to get some more life out of your aging Mac? Try Linux!

Don’t junk your old Mac hardware just because it can no longer get new software updates. Get some new life in your old Macs with the GNU/Linux operating system! We’ll show you how to “try it before you buy it” so to speak to see how a specific version of GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, will run on your aging Mac.

Why bother trying GNU/Linux on your Mac?

I have a late 2010 MacBook Air. It’s not as fast or as optically pretty as my 5K iMac nor my iPad Pro for that matter. I do, however, use it daily. I’m writing this article on it. As old as it is, it’s “good enough” for what I use it for and I still prefer the keyboard on it to the one on more modern MacBooks.

My MacBook Air just made the cutoff for being compatible with the newly released macOS High Sierra. I’m happy to know that for at least one more year, I’ll be able to get the latest and greatest doodads, bells and whistles, and more importantly, I’ll get the latest security upd…

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now out

October 16, 2017

The latest iteration of Windows 10 is now ready to be installed on your PCs. The Fall Creators Update has started rolling out today through Windows Update, but as usual it will take many weeks for it to reach all of the Windows 10 installations out there.

Microsoft loves doing staged rollouts, so that’s just the way it is. If you’re the impatient type, you can check for it from Windows Update, or just jump straight to the Windows 10 website and click the Update Now button there – the upgrade assistant should guide you through the rest of the process. Alternatively, you can download ISO…

Best Styluses for iPad

October 16, 2017
Whether you want to write, draw, sketch, or navigate, there are a bunch of great styluses out there for you.

The stylus market is gigantic: It’s full of pens with rubber, mesh, plastic, and disc nibs; some have special features — like palm rejection or pressure sensitivity — that require specific iPad models, while others can be used on any of Apple’s multitouch surfaces. If you’re in the market for a stylus, which are the best ones out there? Here are my favorites.

Apple Pencil
Adonit Mark
Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus
Adonit Jot Mini
Pencil by FiftyThree

Apple Pencil

For the absolute best drawing and writing experience with the iPad Pro, you can’t go wrong with the $99 Apple Pencil. It’s sensitive to both pressure and tilt, letting you vary your line weights and shading in different apps. It also provides the best palm rejection technology we’ve ever seen for a stylus, letting you rest your hand on either the 9.7- or 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen wi…

Twelve South just released another Mac tribute candle

October 16, 2017
Give your office or studio space that classic “new idea” smell.

Apple accessory company Twelve South just introduced their second annual candle-based tribute to the Mac, called “Inspire.” However this year’s iteration, which the company refers to as Mac candle N°2, doesn’t follow in the footsteps of its ultra-popular predecessor re: scent. Instead of smelling like a brand new MacBook, Inspire took a less gimmicky route and went for a more natural combination of smells like bergamot, amber, musk, lemon and tarragon.

The idea behind the scent was to do just what the candle’s name suggests — inspire creativity, productivity and mental clarity. Citrusy smells like bergamot and lemon are known for their bright, clean and invigorating scent profiles, while tarragon’s spicy smell is fiery and motivating (its botanical name, Artemisia dracunculus, means “little dragon” after all). According to the company, Inspire has “a fresh aroma that will liven up any home or office.”


Google Pixel 2 includes a discrete, custom image processor

October 16, 2017

A cool fact Google left out of its keynote and all promotional material is that both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL devices will include a discrete, custom silicon for image processing duties.

This little system-on-chip or SoC will operate independently of the main Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. It includes a single Cortex-A53 CPU core, eight Image Processing Unit or IPU cores and LPDDR4 memory, again, entirely separate from the main SoC and memory.

According to Google, once enabled, this chip will expedite image processing by 5x while using 1/10th the power compared to the…

Huawei Mate 10 Pro receives update to kill “Google bug”

October 16, 2017
Yesterday, during the Huawei event that introduced officially the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the world, some of the attendees noticed that the Mate 10 Pro review samples handed out by the manufacturer were running hot, and the 4000mAh battery was draining too fast. Huawei blamed it on Google, calling it the “Google bug.” Google said that it was working feverishly to fix the problem.

The good news is that the Doctor has written the prescription and at the tender age of < 1 day, the Mate 10 Pro has received an update that exterminates the bug, at least according to Huawei. …

Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app

October 16, 2017
 “It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire meets Facebook Live. At 3pm and 9pm Eastern, thousands of people open up HQ’s iOS app and play along as excitable host Scott Rogowsky… Read More

Foldable ZTE Axon M is official with dual touchscreens

October 16, 2017

The much leaked ZTE Axon M (codenamed Multy) has finally become official today. You can call this a flip smartphone, or a foldable one like its maker would like you to. This isn’t foldable like in those tech dreams where the screen of the handset folds – instead, what we have here is a two-screen phone with a hinge in between.

When it’s folded, the Axon M has a display on either side. When you unfold it, you get a total viewing area of 6.75″, but the bezels don’t help create the illusion that you’re looking at one screen and not two.

Those screens are 5.2″ 1080p LCDs, by the way….

SelfMade helps businesses post better photos online

October 16, 2017
 SelfMade brings professional photo editing to your phone — yes, literally. The startup, which is announcing that it has raised $11 million in funding, was founded by CEO Brian Schechter and CTO Zach Lloyd. Schechter was previously co-founder at IAC-acquired dating startup HowAboutWe, and he points to HowAboutWe as the starting point for his interest in photo editing. After all, he… Read More